DANIEL S. BLUMENTHAL MD, MPH is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Charity Hospital of New Orleans (Tulane Division) and received his master of public health degree from Emory University. He is board-certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine.
He served as a VISTA Volunteer physician in Lee County, Arkansas; as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta; as a medical epidemiologist with the World Health Organization Smallpox Eradication Program in India and Somalia and as a consultant at the WHO offices in Geneva; and as medical director of a neighborhood health center while on the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine. He joined the faculty of the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1980, where he served as Founding Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine from 1984--2009. He served as Associate Dean for Community Health until his retirement in July, 2014. He is the author or co-author of approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, commentaries, reviews, and book chapters, and the editor or co-editor of four books. He has served as President of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, as a Regent of the American College of Preventive Medicine, as a member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association, as Fulton County (Atlanta) Health Officer, and as a Robert Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is President of the American College of Preventive Medicine (2015-17) He is a recipient of the Georgia Public Health Association’s Sellers-McCroan Award "for outstanding achievement and service to Georgia in public health." He was named the Outstanding VISTA Volunteer of the 1960s. He received a "Shining Light" Award from the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Duncan Clark Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, the association’s highest award.
LaShawn M. Hoffman is one of Atlanta’s most distinguished civic leaders and neighborhood developers. LaShawn is the Managing Partner of Hoffman & Associates, a boutique consultancy focused on smart community development, strategic neighborhood planning, community building and civic engagement, traditional and non-traditional land-use, and successful, influential non-profit management. Hoffman & Associates aims to help non-profits, community development corporations, and government entities, develop innovative community development plans that improve the lives of all Americans by helping deserving communities one project at a time.
LaShawn’s civic engagement includes leading a diverse group of community advocates, academic partners, and agencies in strategies that reduce health disparities and promote partnerships using the community-based participatory research model. The intersection of public health and community development is an important factor in LaShawn’ s approach to comprehensive community revitalization and development. LaShawn work with clients to develop measurable indicators and outcomes to evaluate the social impact of their work.
LaShawn has spearheaded a wide range of programs focused on community improvement. In Georgia, a state that has no public policy to insure equitable availability of affordable housing, LaShawn has stepped up to facilitate the community-based planning necessary to achieve sound conservation and growth strategies. He has navigated some of the most extreme fallout from the foreclosure crisis and recession to protect vulnerable homeowners and has promoted neighborhood preservation and socio-economic and cultural diversity through housing development, health, social services, civic engagement and advocacy. LaShawn is in the Loeb Fellowship class of 2015 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment at Morehouse School of Medicine. As Principal Investigator of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Prevention Research Center she demonstrates leadership in local, regional, national and global clinical and translational evaluation and research methodologies addressing social and public health disparities. She leads or collaborates in research and related infrastructures or initiatives designed to model community-based participatory and translational research including but not limited to the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Institute Community Engagement and Research Program and The Exploratory Center of Excellence on Health Disparities. Her public health leadership is also evident through appointments to national taskforces designed to shape the science and practice of effective translational research and collaborations bridging the gaps between basic, clinical and community-based stakeholders. Among them include her recent election to the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Collaboration and Engagement Taskforce Lead Team, designed to advance team science towards becoming a major academic model, ensure that translational science is performed in the context of collaborative team science and facilitate shared community-academic leadership roles throughout the entire translational science process.
Dr. Selina A. Smith is Professor, Curtis G. Hames, MD Distinguished Chair, and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at Augusta University (AU). Dr. Smith is immediate past president of the Georgia Public Health Association; Editor, Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association; and member, National Colorectal Cancer Round Table. She was also co-guest editor for a special correctional health issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved and a special HIV issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. A recognized cancer health disparities researcher and community-based participatory research expert, she is principal investigator of Efficacy-to-Effectiveness Transition of an Educational Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (EPICS), a national cluster randomized controlled trial. She recently completed a community grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation entitled, TIPS: Developing Lifestyle Modification Tips for the Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook.